April 15, 2007
Edalat Square
Composer:R. Timothy Brady
Librettist:R. Timothy Brady, A.R. Madabushi, Lo
Synopsis
Darkness and despair, disguised as piety and righteousness, descend from atop the minarets of the mosques, consuming those who seek hope through the light of God. On July 19, 2005 in Edalat Square, Iran, Mahmoud Asgari (17) and Ayaz Marhoni (16) were hanged for the crime of lavaat (sex between two men). Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, an estimated 4,000 people have been executed for lavaat. Inspired by the circumstances surrounding the execution of Mahmoud and Ayaz, the soul of Edalat Square emerges from the poetic essence of the Sufi mystics—emerging from silence and meditation, melody and prayer. Disturbed by a crisis in Islam, the soul awakens…

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:40

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Contemporary

Vocal & Musical Forces
R&B/soul vocalist (Mezzo-soprano), Tenor, Baritone, Persian classical vocalist, actor, string quartet

Original Cast
Singers:
Jeremiah Selvey (Mahmoud Asgari)
Stuart Schleuse (Ayaz Marhoni)
Shantal Chan-Friday (Homa, mother of Mahmoud and Hassan)
Mansour Sobhani (Qazi, Islamic judge)
Instrumentalists:
Alexandra Marquez, Violin I
Cathryn Lee, Violin II
Heather Allen, Viola
Grace Shim, Violoncello



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